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Nation’s report card: Kids showing a bit of improvement in math, but many still not proficient (Washington Post Local): “The nation’s report card on math and reading shows fourth- and eighth-graders scoring their best ever in math and eighth graders making some progress in reading. But the results released Tuesday are a stark reminder of just how far the nation’s school kids are from achieving the No Child Left Behind law’s goal [...] Just a little more than one-third of the students were proficient or higher in reading. In math, 40 percent of the fourth-graders and 35 percent of the eighth-graders had reached that level.” According to the article, Maryland students in both grades showed reading improvement; according to WAMU, “Virginia’s scores in reading and mathematics remain higher than nationwide averages.”

Congressmen Receive Food Stamps (DCentric): “How difficult is it to have a nutritious diet while on food stamps? It’s ‘impossible,’ according to DC’s nonvoting member in Congress, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. She and other Democratic lawmakers took part in the National Food Stamp Challenge organized by religious groups. The objective of the challenge: to demonstrate what life is like for those living off food stamps. The congressmen have $31.50 a week to spend on groceries.” Nearly one-quarter of DC’s population is on food stamps, representing a 13% increase since 2010. Watch CNN’s report right here.

$50 million jobs fund in Prince George’s approved by council (Washington Post Local): “Ater months of wrangling over oversight, the Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday approved a proposal by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III to set up a multimillion-dollar fund to attract businesses [...] Under the plan, the county would act as a banker, providing loans to businesses. It could also dispense guarantees, conditional loans and grants.” Some possible, fund-eligible projects would include mixed-use developments, transit-oriented developments, and land acquisition. What large developments would you like to see first in Prince George’s?

Best of Gay DC 2011: People (Washington Blade): Named this year’s Locale Heroine “Jeanie Adkins is the development manager at Mautner Project and has been working there for three years after helping with various events, including the organization’s annual gala [...] ‘I try to get out there and raise awareness about lesbian health and help … with community outreach events,’ Adkins says.” Mautner Project became a Catalogue nonprofit in 2010 and is dedicated to improving the health of women who partner with women. Congratulations!

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